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Wisconsin corn crop impacted from dry July, August

Drought-damaged ears of corn are seen against dry, cracked earth on a farm near Fairbury, Illinois July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Karl Plume
Drought-damaged ears of corn are seen against dry, cracked earth on a farm near Fairbury, Illinois July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Karl Plume

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Hot weather is normally great for growing corn in Wisconsin -- but not now. The new drought that began in July has made almost 80-percent of the state's topsoil short-or-very short of moisture. Officials say the recent above-normal temperatures have only made matters worse.

Crop reporters say more Wisconsin farmers are chopping their corn for animal feed, because it has not pollinated and it's drying up. Only 41-percent of the Wisconsin corn is rated good-to-excellent, and 30-percent is fair. 42-percent of soybeans are good-to-excellent, and 31-percent are fair. All but six-percent of the fields in west central Wisconsin are short-to-very short of moisture. That's where the U-S Drought Monitor reported a severe drought last week for the first time since the previous Midwest drought in 2012 and the first half of '13.

Meanwhile, it was still muggy this morning in most of the Badger State, after the heat index hit 109 yesterday in southwest Wisconsin. Milwaukee was the warm spot at 7am with 78 degrees. The rest of the state was in the 60's-and-70's.

Southern Wisconsin could see another hot day in the 90's, with 70's-and-80's elsewhere. A new low-pressure will bring a better chance of rain tonight, with cooler highs of around 80 for tomorrow.

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